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Drive Expansion and Drive Upgrade FAQ

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by bkdtv, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. Dec 23, 2008 #2101 of 10248
    richsadams

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    IIRC there are a couple of folks here that were successful so I think it can be done. You might have better luck posting on the MFSLive.org Forum though. Spike drops by here once in a while, but he's very good about answering questions on his own forum. Best of luck and report back when you have time.

    BTW, enjoying the snow? We've got about 18" and although it's picture post card like around here, it's getting a little old now.
     
  2. Dec 24, 2008 #2102 of 10248
    b_scott

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    Hello. I just bought a refurb TivoHD and installed it for my parents. I bought a MyDVR expander. Upon booting the Tivo I'm stuck in an endless loop of "Welcome! Powering Up..."

    what's the deal?

    Worked fine with my own system.

    edit: ok, now it's working, i think. Apparently 11.0 was being installed too and it was conflicting with it. I unplugged the MyDVR and tried to boot the system regularly and it installed 11.0. Now I plugged it back in and it's Almost There.
     
  3. Dec 25, 2008 #2103 of 10248
    jlib

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    I remember there were some additional undocumented steps required and I was just about to point you to that thread at MFS Live but I see you found it on your own. I hope you can find the answers you need. P.S. - You don't need the obsolete -r 4 setting anymore. Space usage is more efficient without it.
     
  4. Dec 25, 2008 #2104 of 10248
    lowfatalbob

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    happy holidays everyone

    longtime lurker, first time poster

    I've had a series tivo for the past year and recently just upgraded to an hdtv. Obviously I want to upgrade the storage on my tivo. I'm not crazy about upgrading the internal drive as I'm not that savvy, technically speaking, so I'm looking to build an esata drive. Its my understanding that the maximum drive i can add is 1.5tb, and I should get a enclosure with a hard power switch and a cooling fan.

    I don't recall reading anyone using a drive bigger than a 1tb, and we just updated the software to 11x, i was wondering if anyone had a 1.5 esata external drive and if there were any issues with it.

    Thx
     
  5. Dec 25, 2008 #2105 of 10248
    TSuellentrop

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    Got a WD10EACS for Christmas today and had no problems installing it in my TiVoHD via the instructions on this thread. 20-142 hours = Awesome.
     
  6. Dec 26, 2008 #2106 of 10248
    amarand

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    I am considering performing the exact same operation tomorrow after my CableCARDs are installed. Any advice? What exact procedure did you use? Pretty much follow the FAQ directions? :)
     
  7. Dec 26, 2008 #2107 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Follow the instructions on the first post of this sticky thread and you'll be golden. Even though it started out as an eSATA drive thread, it has everything you need to know about upgrading your TiVo HD; Section III, #30 covers internal upgrades. These are basically the same instructions you'll find on MFSLive.org using winMFS by Spike the creator. (And yes, we're not worthy ;) )

    Happy upgrading!
     
  8. Dec 26, 2008 #2108 of 10248
    c3

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  9. Dec 26, 2008 #2109 of 10248
    amarand

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    1. Okay, in the process of doing a dry-run (this baby's easier to open than any of my PCs I've built!) and I wanted to let you guys know that, at least on my TiVoHD, the four screws holding the hard drive to the bracket are T15, not T10. If you have a T15, you might want to consider using that so as not to strip the screws. The rest of the screws are, indeed, T10.
     
  10. Dec 26, 2008 #2110 of 10248
    amarand

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    c3: What do you think of the WD10EACS with your TiVo?
     
  11. Dec 26, 2008 #2111 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Interesting...the screws in ours were all the same. :confused:

    FWIW the WD10EACS performed flawlessly in our TiVo for over a year. I just swapped it out with a WD10EVCS (which is also humming along) and am using the WD10EACS as a backup drive for my wife's Mac Mini now. I've been a Seagate guy for years, but based on three 1TB's that I'm using now and other posts here, the newer WD drives have been impressive. :up:
     
  12. Dec 26, 2008 #2112 of 10248
    JayJayTen

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    Just installed a Western Digital WD10EACS 1000GB as internal drive replacing existing. Did it all in under 30 minutes and appears to be working like a champ. Purchased the drive at Buy.com for about $129.00 as far as a remember.

    Thanks to everyone for your feedback and notes in the attached column for the information and confidence to do this.

    Jay
     
  13. Dec 26, 2008 #2113 of 10248
    amarand

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    Cool, good to know. I just did a quick test of doing a backup/restore and got a GSOD, so I probably missed a step. It's booting back on the original drive for now but, just so you know, it's a Very Bad Idea to take a PS3 away from your kid just to fix the TiVo. I think the crying and screaming scared me more than the GSOD, to be perfectly honest. :eek: I think that crucial step should be in a FAQ somewhere. :D

    I always worry about TiVo being all sneaky and putting state information into an NVRAM or something, but reverting the drive back to the original worked like a champ.

    The cable guy's going to be here any minute with the CableCARDs, and I can't believe I picked this time to test everything out. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Dec 26, 2008 #2114 of 10248
    c3

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    That's my favorite drive, for both TiVo and PC. My last four drive purchases were all WD10EACS (and its cousin WD1000FYPS).
     
  15. Dec 27, 2008 #2115 of 10248
    FauxPas

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    I also needed a T15 for the drive bracket. My TiVo was a refurb from Woot, bought in March 2008.
     
  16. Dec 27, 2008 #2116 of 10248
    dshlk

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    Got a Tivo HD XL a few weeks ago, which has been working great. Then on Christmas Santa brought a 1 TB WD10EACS. I plan to add the WD as external storage, but wanted to double-check a few questions. Note that the firmware version that is currently installed is the new version 11.0.

    First, has anyone successfully added external storage to a HD XL? Also, am I correct to assume that I should follow the directions in the first post for adding external storage for a Tivo HD (Section III),and not try the Tivo S3 process? Also I noted that some are seeing T15 screws and not just T10 screws.

    Any suggestions/comments are welcome.
     
  17. Dec 27, 2008 #2117 of 10248
    c3

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    All of the TiVos I have seen since Series1 use T15 screws for the drives.
     
  18. Dec 27, 2008 #2118 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new TiVo! :up: I'm not positive, but I think you'd be able to join the TiVo Pioneer Club if you upgrade your TiVo HDXL. You might want to post the same question on the MFSLive.org forum. Spike, the author of the program, is very good about answering. (I did a search there but only found one reference to build 9.4.1 for HDXL's)

    Just be sure to back up your original drive per the instructions in case something doesn't work as it should, but I see no reason for any problems.

    Happy upgrading and let us know how it goes! :up:
     
  19. Dec 27, 2008 #2119 of 10248
    dshlk

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    Thanks Rich. I already posted over on MFSLive, and Spike already responded. I hope to tackle this project next week. Got my fingers crossed that everything will go smoothly. I'll let everyone know how it goes.
     
  20. Dec 27, 2008 #2120 of 10248
    richsadams

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    Nice. :up: I took a look and didn't see the post. When you have time can you post the link here? TIA!
     

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